About our Winter holidays

Highlights

  • Learn the basics of cross-country skiing in the Italian Alps
  • Ski the Kungsleden, Sweden`s classic hut-to-hut trail
  • Explore the Chamonix Valley in winter on snowshoes
  • Enjoy a winter adventure week in Slovenia
  • Ride a snowmobile and go icefishing in Arctic Finland

With almost 30 years in the business of operating adventure holidays, there is no-one better able to look after your winter holidays than KE. Our winter holidays are all about having fun in the snow and the mountains, away from the downhill crowds and busy ski resorts. Instead, we seek out the quieter areas; ski touring in Sweden and Iceland, cross-country skiing across France's Jura Mountains, snowshoeing in the Alps and Pyrenees. With KE you can also get friendly with the local huskies on a dog-sledding adventure in Scandinavia, sleep in an igloo in Slovenia or ski, sail and snowshoe on our West Greenland cruise. If you like snow, we definitely have a holiday to suit you.

Quite aside from the popular pastimes of downhill skiing and snowboarding there are many adventurous activities that come into their own during the winter months and which can be enjoyed as a group activity with like-minded travellers. Our winter programme is divided into three holiday types: winter multi-activity, ski touring, and snowshoeing.

Multi-activity in winter might be meeting the Sami people and their reindeer in Arctic Finland or snowshoe hiking under the Northern Lights. Alternatively, you could be ice-climbing and dog-sledding in the Julian Alps of Slovenia.

Our ski-based holidays include the tough ski mountaineering Haute Route, from Chamonix to Zermatt, as well as easier centre-based winter exploration such as the Italian Ski Weekend - a chance to sample cross-country skiing for the first time.

Following snow-clad trails that are otherwise completely inaccessibly, snowshoes allow us to explore forested ridges and climb to high mountain viewpoints. Well away from the ski crowds, but with the option to join them in the evenings for a drink or two, this is the best of both worlds!

Latest Winter traveller reviews

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MAF - Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
Arctic Wilderness Week Finland   Nigel (SWINDON)

This is a trip which my wife and I always wanted to go on. We've recently returned and i have to say it was first class. The hotel was in a great location and was really lovely. The staff were very helpful
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and the food and service in their restaurant was first rate. My wife is a veggie but they made some excellent meals for her and i ate a lot of the meat on offer. What made this holiday special was the trips. The snowmobiling is good fun and the snowshoeing is ok. The hotel is also at the top of a ski slope but you will have done all the slopes in a morning even if you are a beginner but its a nice break on your day off. The best thing is the huskies. You get taken out to a farm where there are about 80 huskies. we shared a sledge for the first two days and on the third day we were in control of our own sledge with our own dogs. I can't explain how much fun it was being with the digs and then stopping for a picnic which was sausages, soup and toasties over a camp fire in the middle of a snowy forest. It's amazing. We stayed out in a lodge which was a really nice idea. We cut out an ice hole and retrieved our own water so that the group of us could cook and fire up the sauna! It was a bucket list holiday which didn't disappoint. We even saw the northern lights on the last night. No special kit is required because they give you everything but we would recommend packing walking and skiing kit (especially base layers) to keep you warm. Ideal for couples or families - it's a wonderful trip!
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FSW - Winter Wonderland Arctic Adventure
Winter Wonderland Arctic Adventure   Hazel (CORSHAM)

We loved Camp Ripan, and throughly enjoyed KE's programme of activities. The hotel provided sledges, and all around the outskirts are lit marked trails, so in any spare time we could still have fun in the snow.
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The meals were excellent, and the staff were friendly and helpful, the cabins were comfortable. The guides were genuine and enthusiastic, and we particularly enjoyed the husky sled ride and the snow-shoeing. To conclude, a great way for a family to sample the delights of the frozen north!
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Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week
Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week   Russell Jefford (Buckinghamshire, UK)

The quantity & quality of info on the website & trip dossier are real selling points - all looks very professional and creates a good impression and builds anticipation. The kind of nerd (like me) who reads
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technical swing tickets on goretex jackets laps up this kind of thing...
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Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week
Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week   Jennifer Wu (Ohio, USA)

This was my first time in the Mont Blanc area, my first time on snowshoes, and my first time in the mountains in winter - what an incredible new experience on all fronts! The fifth day of the trip stands out
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for me: We drove into Switzerland to climb Mont de l'Arpille--it was a beautiful blue sky day, wonderful new snow, challenging ascent, and incredible views looking down into the Rhone Valley. At the end of the hike, we stopped for a nice cup of hot chocolate before heading back to the chalet, where we had afternoon tea and cake awaiting us. Then that evening we did a night snowshoe to a local Savoyarde restaurant and dined on tartiflette while being warmed by a cozy fireplace. Great day, great week!
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